By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA — FORMER governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, has written to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu over unpaid entitlements as a former governor of the state.
Similarly, the immediate past Deputy Governor of the state, Chief Emeka Ananaba, also wrote to the governor over the same issue.
It will be recalled that Chief Kalu was Governor of the state from 1999 to 2007.
The duo wrote as former democratically elected governor and deputy governor of the state, respectively, on their entitlements as contained in the Abia State Governor/Deputy Governor’s Pension Law 2001.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ikpeazu, Enyinnaya Appolos, said the governor had channelled their letters to the relevant officials of the state to verify their claims in accordance with relevant state and federal laws.
Incidentally, the Abia State Governor/Deputy Governor’s Pension Law of 2001 was signed into law by Kalu during his tenure as governor.
Kalu’s letter dated January 23, 2017 and entitled “Re: My outstanding unpaid entitlements: Reminder,” said: “This is to remind Your Excellency of my outstanding unpaid entitlements under S.5 (a) of the Abia State Governor/Deputy Governor’s Pension Law 2001.The outstanding balance covers the period from 2009 to date, including my severance fee and personal vehicles.
“I would appreciate it immensely if Your Excellency would direct the immediate payment of all my outstanding entitlements to date as provided by the aforesaid law into my account.”